So far this team is pretty much the same as last year except we switched Brylin for Rolston, which is a plus, and Holik will more than likely mean the end for Rupp.
So add Rolston and Holik.
Subtract Brylin and Rupp.
I think we upgraded in both spots, but the lack of a bonefide offensive dman is still going to kill this team.
Absolutely untrue. Rafalski stated he wanted to resign with the Devils before becoming an UFA on July 1 of last year. But for whatever reason, Lou refused to sign him before then and Detroit swooped in with an offer he couldn't refuse. Definitely one of Lou's worst mistakes as GM. I still don't see the rationale of allowing Rafalski to become an UFA. Gomez was gone no matter what Lou was going to offer him, but Rafalski wanted to stay.
Our defense didn't let in that many goals last year, it would be nice to upgrade but it really isnt broken.
Are you kidding?!? The Devils lack of a puck moving d-man killed them all year long, especially in the playoffs. This team missed Rafalski a hell of alot more than Gomez.
Rolston is a good sign and Holik is an ok sign, depending on what other signings/trades Lou makes. But a bonafide #1 offensive d-man is a must if this team is serious about competing for a Cup next year.